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Welcome to the Idaho RADAR Center

The Idaho RADAR Center provides free information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to Idaho residents only. It includes a Video Lending Library of over 900 titles and functions as a statewide information clearinghouse and resource referral center.

RADAR Center Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8 am to 5 pm
Drop-ins are welcome!

  • Ultimate Party Foul
    The Ultimate Party Foul

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council launch their first-ever public service campaign, targeting underage drinking and driving.

  • Lock Your Meds
    Lock Your Meds Idaho

    In 2011, over 20% of Idaho high school students reported taking prescription drugs without a doctors prescription. Your medicine cabinet, nightstand, or purse could be their drug supplier. Be Aware. Don’t Share.

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    Administered by the Institute for the Study of Addiction

    The Center, a Boise State University program, is administered by the Institute for the Study of Addiction in conjunction with the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences.

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    We are located in the Chrisway Annex Building

    The Chrisway Annex, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, is located on the corner of University and Chrisway Drive.

  • Prevent Impaired Driving Toolkit
    Prevent Impaired Driving: A CADCA Toolkit

    This Toolkit is designed to guide you through the process of developing a comprehensive plan to address alcohol impaired driving in your community.

  • National Recovery Month
    National Recovery Month

    September is National Recovery Month! Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

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    National Recovery Month International Essay Contest

    In the tradition of National Recovery Month, we are asking people who are in recovery from substance use or mental health disorders to participate in an international essay contest to help us harness the power of stories.

Campus Video PSA Contest

red_ribbonAs part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Red Ribbon Week campaign, the DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are co-sponsoring a Campus Video PSA Contest for colleges and universities to promote the importance of preventing illicit drug use and legal drug misuse among college students. Eligible entrants can create and submit a 30- to 60-second video PSA showcasing the underlying message behind Red Ribbon Week—commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, especially among college students. The college or university with the winning PSA will receive a plaque and $1,000 to support their campus’s drug abuse prevention efforts. This Contest begins today (September 12, 2016), and ends on October 21, 2016 (see attached for official rules and promotional flier). The winner will be announced at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ 2017 Strategies Conference, January 19–21, 2017, in Austin, Texas. This conference provides student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention through comprehensive and integrative approaches.

Contest Flyer          Video PSA Contest Official Rules

Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict – Screening of Documentary

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with BSU’s Department of Criminal Justice to bring awareness to Opioid and Heroin Abuse. The event will feature a screening of the film “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” which is a documentary film collaboratively produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in response to the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse across the country.  The film is designed to raise awareness and educate young adults of the dangers posed by these drugs.  The film is approximately 48 minutes. Following the movie, DEA Diversion Investigator Charles Wahl will give a brief presentation about the scope of the opioid and heroin problem here in Idaho and across the country.  I expect the event to last approximately 1 ½ hours.  This event is part of National Heroin and Opioid Awareness week, which is September 19-23.

When: Sept 19th at 1:00 pm 

Where: Boise State University, Education Building Room 109

CDC Calls Plant-Based Drug Kratom Emerging Public Health Threat

CDC-Calls-Plant-Based-Drug-Kratom-Emerging-Public-Health-Threat-Partnership-News-Service-from-the-Partnership-for-Drug-Free-Kids-300x225Kratom, a plant-based drug with opioid-like effects, is an emerging public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns. Kratom can lead to psychosis, seizures and death, the CDC said. It is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drugs of Concern list, but is unregulated at the federal level. For more information on the drug Kratom, click here.

DEA Warning to Police and Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills

On June 10th, 2016, the DEA released a Roll Call video fentanylto all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. This video stresses the importance of taking the drugs directly to the lab rather than testing on the scene. The immediate release document highlights the importance of the video, additional information on fentanyl and handling procedures.

NDEWS: National Drug Early Warning System

word map with summary and overview highlighted lg imageNDEWS monitors emerging drug use trends to enable health experts, researchers, and concerned citizens across the country to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds.


Use of a dangerous synthetic cathinone drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), popularly known as “Flakka,” is surging in Florida and is also being reported in other parts of the country, according to news reports. Alpha-PVP is chemically similar to other synthetic cathinone drugs popularly called “bath salts,” and takes the form of a white or pink, foul-smelling crystal that can be eaten, snorted, injected, or vaporized in an e-cigarette or similar device. The drug has been linked to deaths by suicide as well as heart attack. It can also dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.

DEA Issues Alert on Fentanyl-Laced Heroinfet

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide alert in response to a surge in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the narcotic drug fentanyl, the most potent opioid available for medical use. “Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States and represent a significant threat to public health and safety.”

Read more info here…..

Emerging Trend: Caffeine Powder

powderThe FDA is warning about powdered pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers, and recommends avoiding these products.  In particular, the FDA is concerned about powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the internet. Follow these links from the NIH and FDA to learn more about the dangers of caffeine powder.

“Talk. They Hear You” Online Simulation


New online simulation gives parents an opportunity to practice having the talk about alcohol with kids. TRY IT!

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